educational policy and leadership

master of education programs


Program Description

The educational policy and leadership programs prepare graduate students for exceptional educational leadership roles in the areas of study through distinct specializations. Through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education, we are committed to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice.

These specialization programs prepare teachers to uphold the Jesuit tradition of care for the person, social justice and academic, excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community.

Master of Education Program Specializations

The licensure to master program is aligned with the knowledge, skills and dispositions related to effective teaching and articulated in the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards for Licensure and Professional Development.

  • Educational Administration- Pursue the critical study of organizational leadership in K-12 schools and to assume leadership roles in those settings. The program prepares students for either the Wisconsin Director of Instruction license or the Wisconsin Principal license.
  • Elementary Education- Designed for students with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn an initial Wisconsin elementary/middle (middle childhood/early adolescents - grades 1-8) teaching license.
  • Secondary Education- Designed for students with a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, economics, English, a foreign language, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology or sociology who wish to earn an initial Wisconsin middle/secondary (early adolescence/adolescence - grades 6-12) teaching license.
  • (NEW for 2018) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education - A 14-month accelerated program in STEM teaching designed for students with a bachelor's degree in STEM seeking to earn an initial Wisconsin middle/secondary (early adolescence/adolescence – grades 6-12) teaching license. The Master of Education in STEM program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. Scholarship and stipend support is available. For more details, visit the Master of Education in STEM webpage.
  • Student affairs in higher education- Prepares students for careers in settings including academic advising, career development centers, student unions, international student services, multicultural affairs, orientation programs, residential living programs, admissions and student organizations. The program includes course work in leadership, counseling, educational psychology and higher education.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Deadlines

Application submissions are required at different times for each M.Ed. with specialization. See below for delivery dates for admission consideration, if space allows.

Educational Administration:

    • March 31 is the priority deadline for summer admission (normal program start); applications received after this date are considered as space permits.
    • Applications should be received by July 15 to be considered for fall term admission.

STEM Teaching:

    • Applications should be received by February 15th to be considered for fall term admission.

Student Affairs in Higher Education:

    • January 15 for consideration in Interview Day for graduate assistantships.
    • February 15 for consideration for all other types of merit-based financial aid.
    • July 15 for all other applicants.
    • Program starts mid-late May as a summer session.

General Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work.
  • A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
  • A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
  • GRE scores (General Test only; scores must be received by application deadline). Waived for individuals applying to the student affairs in higher education specialization.
  • For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview and/or writing test may be required of applicants following the initial screening.

Application Requirements by Specialization

  • Teacher certification applicants are required to submit CORE Academic Skills and Praxis II scores to the College of Education’s Office of Teacher Education. Applicants must also undergo a criminal background check, conducted by Marquette University. A second criminal background check is conducted at the state level when student teaching is completed, as part of the teacher license application.
  • Individuals submitting applications for administrative licenses must undergo a criminal background check, conducted by the state, when their administrative program is complete and they submit their administrative license application to the state.
  • M.Ed. with specialization in STEM only: applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, baccalaureate degree in a STEM field, as well as completed the GRE and Praxix II test in the licensing area of their choice.

Financial Aid

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. If you are applying to the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, you can view a list of available graduate assistantships here. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.